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Black Magic (2nd edition)

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Today, the planet Venus is a literal hell of furnace-like temperatures and dense, poisonous atmosphere. But millions of years in its past, Venus teems with life and with a civilization far advanced to our own. The Nemisis supercomputer controls government functions, with bioroid "executors" created to carry out the system’s utopian edicts. But trouble brews even in paradis ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1998)
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Mar 21, 2012 Mel rated it liked it
As a teenager I dabbled in Manga and when I saw these comics for sale in the Oxfam I recognised the covers immediately. I had no memory of the story but they were very striking visually. I have to say given the choice beween anime worlds and the superhero worlds of American comics I much prefer anime worlds. This story took place many many milennia ago on Venus and transforms Greek myth into computer governments, robots and clones. It's a lovely setting and an interesting premise. Unfortunately, ...more
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One of Shirow's earlier works, the art isn't as detailed as what we see in Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell. But you can see the prototypes for characters that appear in his later works. Still an interesting story and good art.
Meh. I like Shirow Masamune's work. This is early work. I feel like the story could be fleshed out better and if I wasn't familiar with the rest of his work aspects would not make sense at all.
Mar 12, 2015 Miguel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelentes dibujos para ser el primer trabajo publicado del autor, aunque el libreto deja mucho que desear.
This is Shirow's first manga, so I can forgive it for being terrible...
Apr 05, 2008 Seth rated it liked it
Magic vs. cyborgs. A little silly, but well, cyborgs.
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Jan 28, 2011 Gururaj Kundapur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
grt .....try it
Sep 03, 2013 Clayton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
This is one of Shirow's very first published works, and it's kind of fun if you don't expect it to be a lost masterpiece or anything. But if you've already read "Appleseed" and "Ghost in the Shell," "Black Magic" is a fun read.
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Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗 ) is an internationally renowned manga artist. He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime TV series, an anime TV movie, and several video games. Shirow is also known for creating erotic art.
Born in the Hyōgo Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts. Whi
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